Report calls for national education and training framework for paramedics

A recent report issued by the Allied Health Professional Health Education Advisory Group (formally the Department of Health’s AHP Professional Advisory Body) has called for the introduction of a national education and training framework for paramedics.

The Paramedic Evidence Based Project (PEEP), which was funded by the College of Paramedics, emphasises the need for a more robust education and training system. As current education and training for paramedics in England is locally determined, very different levels of learning outcomes are being achieved at the point of registration. It has therefore been highlighted that education and training needs to be standardised, and a clear framework enabling this to happen be developed.

The report proposes a model that would lead to an all-graduate paramedic profession by 2019.

Some of the notable recommendations outlined in the report include: a standardised approach to education and training; the need for an agreement of a pre-registration education development model leading to an all-graduate profession; knowledge and skills enhancement; the development of a partnership model; the appointment of a national lead for education and training of paramedics in England; and a standardised approach to identification.

Professor Chris Welsh, Director for Education and Quality for Health Education England, said: ‘We note the recommendations in this report, however we also understand it is not a full account of issues paramedics are facing in relation to education and training. We’ll be working closely with the College of Paramedics and other stakeholders to look at these recommendations and implement those that have the greatest impact on patient care.’

Professor Andy Newton, Chair of the College of Paramedics, said: ‘As sponsors of the report we were delighted to receive this wide-ranging review highlighting many of the issues facing the profession. The College fully endorse the proposed move to graduate entry and believe that this should be achieved in a timely fashion. We believe that having a well-prepared paramedic at the heart of unscheduled urgent and emergency care will be of major benefit to the wider community. The College looks forward to working with Health Education England, educational leaders in Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland and other stakeholders on the report’s recommendations.’

Taken from Journal of Paramedic Practice, published 25 September 2013.

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